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UConn Men's Soccer loses to No. 2 Syracuse, 4-0

After a scoreless first half, the Orange erupted for four second half goals to fend off the Huskies upset bid.

Well that escalated quickly.

The Syracuse Orange came into Storrs tonight and played like the second best team in the country on their way to a 4-0 victory on a beautiful night at Marrone Stadium.

The Huskies were without their leading goal-scorer Cyle Larin, who was called up to the Canadian national team for their game vs. Columbia. It's a great feat for Larin, but it certainly hurt the Huskies- especially in the second half.

The first half actually went pretty great for the Huskies who controlled possession well and outshot the Orange 7-6, highlighted by Ethan Vanacore-Decker hitting the left post on a beautifully struck free-kick nine minutes into the game.

The slight momentum was ripped away from UConn when Syracuse forward Chris Nanco took advantage of a mis-communication in the backfield and put it past goalkeeper Scott Levene for the first goal of the game.

The Orange notched another goal four minutes later when Tyler Hilliard scored his second goal of the year, and then got another 5 minutes later on a corner put away by Skylar Thomas, and then finalized their scoring with a goal in the 81st minute by Noah Rynhart.

It got tough to watch as UConn had trouble creating any opportunities in the second half without Larin.

The good news for the Huskies is that they remain 2-1-1 in AAC play despite their record dropping to 4-6-2. Syracuse improves to 12-1-0.

UConn will take the field again, with Cyle Larin, on Saturday as they travel to Orlando to play UCF 1-6-4 (0-1-3).